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Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

Training the Next Generation of Health Professionals

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® offers one of the most outstanding and unique research internship opportunities available to undergraduate premed students and those studying in other health care disciplines. Working with physician and research staff mentors, interns contribute to clinical research studies and publications that impact patient care. Each year, the work of former interns is part of 10 presentations at national scientific meetings and 9 publications in peer-reviewed journals. During their 12-week internships, interns spend nearly 11 days on shadowing, observations and other field trips. Eligibility and application details are listed below. Completed applications must be submitted by the deadline of January 31 for consideration.

Research Internship dates: All positions for the 2016 cohort have been filled. Applications will be accepted December 15 through January 31 for internships May 31 – August 19, 2017.

Eligibility for the Research Internship Program

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® is seeking a diverse pool of interns based on a combination of demonstrated academic performance, leadership and career aspirations in the field of cardiology and/or research. Internships are full-time, paid and last 11-12 weeks. Please note that we typically receive 25+ applications for each available intern position.

In order to be successful, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a U.S.-based accredited degree program in a health care or related discipline.
  • Pursuing a career in clinical practice as an MD or DO, but potentially as a PA, NP or other APRN.
  • Available to work from May 31 – August 18, 2017, during standard office hours, with no more than 16 hours of time away from the office needed.
  • Able to complete 8-12 hours of independent, online CITI training (basic training required to participate in human subjects/clinical research) between March 14 – April 1, 2017.
  • Have a GPA of 3.60 or above (upon offer, will be verified by transcript).
  • Preference will be given to those one to two years away from their anticipated medical school enrollment. This often means rising juniors or seniors, but may include graduate or post-baccalaureate students.

In compliance with federal law, upon hire, interns will be required to produce original documents verifying their identity and authorization to work in the United States. Upon acceptance of an internship offer, interns will be required to submit documentation to verify that they have met the immunization requirements established by Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Seasonal flu vaccination is mandatory unless medically contraindicated.

Application Materials

The application for this internship program consists of two parts:

  • Online application, including demographics, experience, essays and motivation statement. NOTE: The 2017 application period will be from December 15 – January 31.
    • Before beginning the online application, we recommend that you use this document to preview the application and prepare your answers: [2016 MHIF Intern Application – Preview]
    • If you would like to save your responses and return to the application at a later time, please ensure that cookies are enabled and return using the same computer and web browser.
    • Please follow directions carefully. Consider this part of the selection process.
  • Email resume submission to in PDF format, not to exceed one page.



Interns will be paid approximately $400 each week. Program staff and/or mentors may be able to offer additional observation hours that interns can participate in on a voluntary basis.

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